Vyapam Row Escalates: Constable found hanging at home in MP, Opposition alleges conspiracy

| Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 12:34
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MADHYA PRADESH:  Following several mysterious deaths, the death of a police constable in the state on Monday has yet another time rocked the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government and the police here has denied of any link to the Vyapam recruitment scam.

40-year-old constable Ramakant Panda was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his residence in Orchha. Panda was fighting with alcoholism and was under heavy debt and the police suspect it to be a case of suicide.

Opposition Congress has accused that Panda’s death is associated with the Vyapam scam following the unconfirmed reports that the constable was being questioned by a Special task Force in the matter. However, the local police have denied of questioning him.

“All deaths should not be linked to Vyapam,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said expressing inability to meet the demands of opposition to recommend a CBI probe, urging that the state High Court is already observing the probe and is a competent authority to take a call on it. (Also Read: Supreme Court agrees to hear plea seeking removal of MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav)

MP CM made the comment yesterday after the Congress linked another death of a 25-year-old trainee sub-inspected Anamika Kushwaha with the Vyapam scam. She was found dead in a lake in Sagar on Monday morning and the police on the basis of preliminary investigation suggested that it was another case of suicide.

The trainee sub-inspector was recruited in the team via an exam conducted by Vyapam or the Madhya Pradesh board that holds tests for college admissions and for recruitment to government jobs.

The Vyapam scam has put several big names into dock including top politicians and bureaucrats of Madhya Pradesh allegedly accepting kickbacks in exchange for allowing imposters to take recruitment exams for government jobs and admission to colleges. In the recent years, at least 35 people linked to the case have died already.

A Delhi-based journalist, reporting on the scam was found dead this weekend. His death was followed by another mysterious death of the dean of a medical college in the state, who was helping investigators in the case.

As the controversy escalates every day, Opposition Congress has demanded that Shivraj Singh Chouhan should be removed to allow an unbiased probe into the matter.

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